On August 15, the Santa Clara Law community gathered to launch and bless the new school year at its annual convocation, which included an address by alumnus and Facebook lawyer, Akshay Verma JD ‘08. “What really sets Santa Clara apart is its dedication to professional development and experiential learning,” he told the gathering. “This school has such an incredible reputation for producing lawyers who can add value to their employers on Day One.”
On a sunny Thursday afternoon in late April, the Honorable Edward J. Davila, US District Court, Northern District of California, called a meeting to order in a classroom in Charney Hall. Judge Davila was not presiding over a hearing or a trial, but his first meeting as Chair of the Santa Clara Law Advisory Board.
More than 200 law students and thousands of friends and family gathered in the Mission Gardens on Saturday, May 18, to celebrate Santa Clara Law’s 108th Commencement. In her address to graduates, Dorian Daley JD ’86, executive vice president and general counsel of Oracle, gave some advice: To get the most out of one’s membership in the joyful “club” of practicing attorneys, one needs to listen and understand; resist the urge to be an “obstreperous and uncivil jerk;” and not be afraid of “the big uglies.”
During Fall Semester 2018, Professors Evangeline Abriel and Lynette Parker posted an announcement for a Spring Break service trip to the United States/Mexico border. Many Santa Clara University School of Law students responded, and nine students were selected for this first annual Spring Break Border service trip. With the generous support of several alumni, and after two full-days of trainings, Santa Clara Law students Quetzalli Haro, Osvaldo Hidalgo, Marili Iturbe Guadarrama, Thania Lopez, Sharon Morales, Keuren Parra, Linette Salcedo, Christina Santora, Joaquin Torres, and Professors Evangeline Abriel and Lynette Parker departed for Arizona. Their destinations were Tucson, Florence, and Eloy, and their mission was to assist the nonprofit Florence Immigration and Refugee Rights Project (FIRRP) with their legal services work on behalf of detained immigrant children and adults. Professor Pratheepan “Deep” Gulasekaram joined the Florence team later in the week.
“Santa Clara Law has been a great resource and touchstone to me for my entire career,” said Michael Gencarella JD ’97 at the 2019 Santa Clara Law Celebration of Achievement dinner on March 16, where he received the Edwin J. Owens Lawyer of the Year Award. Given to a distinguished member of the law school community who is devoted to the highest ideals of the profession and has made significant contributions to the University, the community, and the law, the Owens award was first given in 1966 and is named for Edwin J. Owens, a longtime dean of the law school who was later a superior court judge.